History Literature / TheLottery

11th Apr '16 6:01:57 PM Adept
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It's June 27th. A small American village of roughly three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, then an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake. [[spoiler:Cue the stones.]]

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It's June 27th. A small American village of roughly three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, then an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake. [[spoiler:Cue Cue the stones.]]
stones.
17th Feb '16 8:21:35 PM vifetoile
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Tessie]], who was perfectly happy with the lottery right up until it started to look like she might "win."



* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tessie is sacrificed to make the corn harvest plentiful.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Tessie's]] protests that the lottery "isn't right" are somewhat reasonable... if, earlier, she hadn't been perfectly happy to let the lottery proceed as it always has.

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* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tessie [[spoiler: Tessie is sacrificed to make sacrificed. Why? Because that's how they do the corn harvest plentiful.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Tessie's]] protests that the lottery "isn't right" are somewhat reasonable... if, earlier, she hadn't been perfectly happy to let the lottery proceed as it always has.
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Tessie is happy to let the Lottery proceed until she thinks it might select ''her''.



** Tessie is completely correct to insist that what's happening is neither fair not right. She's just [[ItsAllAboutMe wrong]] about ''[[RightForTheWrongReasons why]]'' it's not right.



* MoralMyopia:
** Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has... up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]
23rd Sep '15 10:22:09 AM Nathanoraptor
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* AffablyEvil: It's not entirely clear whether the townsfolk count more under this than FauxAffablyEvil below. The whole scene has a very polite, middle-class Americana sort of feel about it, and it's heavily implied that they find at least some parts of the Lottery distasteful and wouldn't do it under any other circumstances, but continue to do it here because, well, it's tradition. To some readers, this thought makes them ''more'' creepy.

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* AffablyEvil: It's not entirely clear whether the townsfolk count more under this than FauxAffablyEvil below. The whole scene has a very polite, middle-class Americana sort of feel about it, and it's heavily implied that they some find at least some parts of the Lottery distasteful (and Old Man Warner is certainly cynical about its meaning) and wouldn't do it under any other circumstances, but continue to do it here because, well, it's tradition. To some readers, this thought makes them ''more'' creepy.



* EvilOldFolks: Old Man Warner is one of the Lottery's staunchest supporters. He thinks that the other towns who don't do this sort of thing any more are all a pack of fools. Although he does think they're doing the ''[[DoWrongRight ceremony]]'' bit wrong.

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* EvilOldFolks: Whilst not exactly evil, Old Man Warner is one of the Lottery's staunchest supporters.supporters (even though he's cynical about its actual role). He thinks that the other towns who don't do this sort of thing any more are all a pack of fools. Although he does think they're doing the ''[[DoWrongRight ceremony]]'' bit wrong.
18th Jun '15 4:41:01 AM corruptmalemenace
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* AffablyEvil: It's not entirely clear whether the townsfolk count more under this than FauxAffablyEvil below. The whole scene has a very polite, middle-class Americana sort of feel about it, and it's heavily implied that they find at least some parts of the Lottery distasteful and wouldn't do it under any other circumstances, but continue to do it here because, well, it's tradition. To some readers, this thought makes them ''more'' creepy.



* CultureJustifiesAnything: "There's ''always'' been a Lottery."



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: The townsfolk are noticeably relieved when the chosen sacrifice is one of the adult Hutchinsons, rather than one of the children.]]
* EvilOldFolks: Old Man Warner is one of the Lottery's staunchest supporters. He thinks that the other towns who don't do this sort of thing any more are all a pack of fools. Although he does think they're doing the ''[[DoWrongRight ceremony]]'' bit wrong.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Tessie is happy to let the Lottery proceed until she thinks it might select ''her''.



** Tessie is completely correct to insist that what's happening is neither fair not right. She's just [[ItsAllAboutMe wrong]] about ''[[RightForTheWrongReasons why]]'' it's not right.



* MeaningfulName: Mr. and Mrs. Delacroix, which means "Of the cross" in French.

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* MeaningfulName: Mr. and Mrs. Delacroix, which means "Of the cross" in French. There's also a family named Graves, whose patriarch helps run the Lottery.


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* NonindicativeName: Many of the townsfolk have names with pleasant, harmless connotations. The Lottery Official is named Mr Summers, for example.


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** Not that [[spoiler: women being stoned to death for no good reason]] ''isn't'' something that happens in the modern world, of course. In some places, it's even the case that laws permitting such acts really are only kept around because of tradition.


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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: The youngest person seen taking part in the lottery is a tiny toddler who needs to be coaxed up to the box and requires a responsible adult to hold his paper for him.]]
3rd May '15 1:33:26 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The boys stacking stones in the beginning.
** More than just them. On second reading, it's remarkable how many times stones are mentioned.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The boys stacking stones in the beginning.
** More than just them. On second reading, it's remarkable how many
Stones are mentioned several times stones are mentioned.long before the revelation of the Lottery's ending.



** There is hope, though. Mention is made of towns stopping the custom (much to [[TheCynic Old Man's Warner]]'s disapproval).



** JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's laundry list of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].

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** * JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's laundry list of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].



* MoralMyopia: Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has... up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]

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* MoralMyopia: MoralMyopia:
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Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has... up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]



* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: [[AdultFear Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw...]]]]

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* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: [[AdultFear Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw...]]]]throw.]]
23rd Apr '15 2:49:29 AM Nathanoraptor
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** JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's litany of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].

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** JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's litany laundry list of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: On the cynical side.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: On the cynical side. Every line Old Man Warner speaks is a complaint against society.
23rd Apr '15 2:48:05 AM Nathanoraptor
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* TheCynic: Old Man Warner, oh so very much.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:The majority of the townsfolk. Friendly, seemingly normal people... who don't bat an eyelid at stoning someone to death]].



** There is hope, though. Mention is made of towns stopping the custom (much to Old Man's Warner's disapproval).

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** There is hope, though. Mention is made of towns stopping the custom (much to [[TheCynic Old Man's Warner's disapproval).Warner]]'s disapproval).
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Tessie's]] protests that the lottery "isn't right" are somewhat reasonable... if, earlier, she hadn't been perfectly happy to let the lottery proceed as it always has.


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* JerkAss: The majority of the townsfolk in the story are ''not'' nice people.
** JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's litany of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].


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** Old Man Warner, who was complaining that the lottery "isn't what it used to be", is perfectly happy to let it proceed.
14th Dec '14 9:30:30 PM McJeff
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Tessie Hutchinson.]]
* AFeteWorseThanDeath

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\n* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Tessie Hutchinson.]]
* AFeteWorseThanDeath
[[spoiler:Tessie]], who was perfectly happy with the lottery right up until it started to look like she might "win."



* LotteryOfDoom

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* LotteryOfDoomLotteryOfDoom: Well, yeah.



* MoralMyopia: Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has...up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]

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* MoralMyopia: Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has... up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]



* StepfordSuburbia
* TomatoSurprise
* TownWithADarkSecret

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* StepfordSuburbia
* TomatoSurprise
* TownWithADarkSecret
TomatoSurprise: The nature of the lottery isn't revealed until the very end of the story.



* UncannyVillage

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* UncannyVillageUncannyVillage: At the beginning of the story, you'd think the town was located somewhere in {{Arcadia}}. About halfway through the story we start getting hints that the lottery may be something darker than 'just a tradition...'
17th Oct '14 6:55:43 PM Geoduck
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"The Lottery" is a 1948 short story written by Creator/ShirleyJackson.

It's June 27th in a small American village. A village of three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, then an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake. [[spoiler:Cue the stones.]]

It would be any other quaint story if it weren't for the heavy symbolism. The story is Shirley Jackson's views on the pointlessness of violence and the inhumanity in the world, in each and every person and their own neighbors. Shirley Jackson received much hate mail for it, readers unsubscribed, and the story was [[BannedInChina banned]] in the Union of South Africa (the precursor to modern-day South Africa).

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"The Lottery" is a 1948 short story written by Creator/ShirleyJackson.Creator/ShirleyJackson, first published in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' in 1948.

It's June 27th in a 27th. A small American village. A village of roughly three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, then an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake. [[spoiler:Cue the stones.]]

It would be any other quaint story if it weren't for the heavy symbolism. The story is Shirley Jackson's views on the pointlessness of violence and the inhumanity in the world, in each and every person and their own neighbors. Shirley Jackson received much hate mail for it, readers unsubscribed, unsubscribed from The New Yorker, and the story was [[BannedInChina banned]] in the Union of South Africa (the precursor to modern-day South Africa).
22nd Sep '14 9:47:03 PM Thunderforge
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Not to be confused with the completely unrelated post-apocalyptic TV series ''Series/TheLottery''.
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